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Baracchi's Richards claims an excellent top three finish in Yarmouth CC time trial

PUBLISHED: 05:52 21 April 2017

Mark Richards just leaving the start on the Gt Yarmouth CC 10. Picture: Fergus Muir

Mark Richards just leaving the start on the Gt Yarmouth CC 10. Picture: Fergus Muir

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Velo Club Baracchi riders continued their early season with success in the Easter events with podium finishes, personal bests and a team prize.

Mark Richards warmed up for the open events with a win in the Diss CC club 10 at Billingford on the Brockdish circuit in 21:50, with VCB’s Liam Gentry second in 22:04. Anglia Velo’s Simon Scott took third in 22:24.

Other VCB times were Lucas He, fifth in 23:10, Nick Esser 23:32, John Swanbury 27:16 and Alex He 29:24; 29 rode.

In the Good Friday Great Yarmouth CC 10 Richards took third place in the men’s field of nearly 100 riders with 21:09, with Gentry eighth in 21:55 and Paul Hayward and new member Mark Saunders joint 18th in 22:54. VCB won the team prize.

He won the men’s third handicap prize with his 27:36 ride and his son Lucas won the jun/juv handicap prize with 23:22.

Other VCB times were Paul Dennington 23:00, Esser 23:06, Chris Womack 25:05, Swanbury 26:06, Paul Reed 26:23 and Richard Allen 30:49.

Matthew Senter of Team VeloVelocity won in 20:26 from Harley Matthews of DAP CC (20:36) and Richards. Verity Smith of Stowmarket & District CC won the ladies’ event in 24:16.

In Sunday’s Wolsey CC 25-mile open event on the Earsham course Dennington went just under the hour with 59:59 for ninth place and Hayward was a little off that pace with 1-00:28, still a personal best.

Senter made it a double with his 53:27 win, with Andre Dyason of Cambridge CC second in 57:24.

VCB’s new junior signing Luke Rowell, who has just moved from Bath CC, rode in the fourth cat race at Fakenham Crits and was pleased to get round the technical and damp circuit safely in 24th place of 39 finishers. Dave Loynes, riding for DAP CC this year, took eighth place. Mike Padfield of North Norfolk Wheelers CC won.

Esser rode Round thtee of the Master Criterium Series, having been unable to ride the previous two.

The 75-minute race based around the grounds of the Milton Keynes Bowl proved to be a fast affair and he was always in the top 10. On the last few laps he positioned himself right, having remembered riding this circuit about 10 years ago. When fifth in line on the last corner he managed to kick first and was barely 50 metres away from a win when he was overtaken by three riders.

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